Emmanuel Raju

Emmanuel Raju

Associate Professor

Member of:

  • Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research


Emmanuel ia currently Director of the Copenhagen Centre for Disaster Research- inter-institutional research center COPE linking disaster research and education (Master of Disaster Management). Emmanuel's research interests include disaster risk reduction; disaster recovery; and governance. He also hold a Visiting Associate Professor at the African Centre for Disaster Studies, North-West University, South Africa.

He also works on issues on Disasters and Memory; International frameworks on Disasters and is interested in issues of integration of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. He has conducted research in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa and Denmark. 

From 2014-2016, he was part of Changing Disasters research project at the University of Copenhagen and was on the Core organising team of the North Eurpoean Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies (NEEDS) in 2015 and 2017. 

Emmanuel holds a PhD from Lund University, Sweden. His PhD focussed on Disaster Recovery Coordination post-tsunami in India.

Emmanuel has been chosen for the Integrated Reasearch on Disaster Risk Young Scientists Programme from July 2017 onwards. 

Research Projects at University of Copenhagen (Since 2014)

2014-2016: Post-doc on the Changing Disasters Project

2016-2018: Responsible for Research Work Packagaes with Assoc. Prof Kristian Lauta on an EU project 'Enhancing synergies for disaster prevention in the EU'. 

2017- Disaster Memories, A Study in India

2019-2021: Collaborative Project funded by FORMAS Sweden- Global Attribution Models, Mediation and Mobilisation in Sweden and Spain. Lead Institution- Lund University, Sweden 

2020-2022: Learning from Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction in India and Chile: A collaborative research agenda- Networking Grant between Research Center for integrated disaster and risk management (CIGIDEN) and the Copenhagen Centre for Disaster Research

2020-2024: Work Package Leader of the EU Horizon 2020 project "LINKS: Strengthening links between technologies and society for European disaster resilience", with 16 partners from 7 European countries and Japan. Total budget: €5.2 M.

Editorial Experience

Co-Editor, Disaster Prevention and Management, An Emerald Journal

Theme Editor, UCL Open Environment

Member- Editorial Board- Journal of International Humanitarian Action 

Member- Editorial Board for Asia In Focus (a journal for young scholars) from 2014-2017. 

Reviewer- Disasters; Disaster Prevention and Management; Asia in Focus; Culture Inbound; International Journal of Disaster Risk Science; Jamba- Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; Sustainability; International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

Co-Editor- Special Issue on Disaster Risk Governance (2020): https://www.cogitatiopress.com/politicsandgovernance/pages/view/nextissues#disastergovernance

Awarded Outstanding Reviewer for 2017 by Disaster Prevention and Management, Elsevier Publications


Emmanuel currently leads 2 core courses  and one elective on the Master of Disaster Management at the University of Copenhagen. 


Introduction to Disaster Risk Management: From Theory to Practice

Disaster Recovery Planning and Development

Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Methods (Field work course in Sri Lanka). 

Emmanuel has been teaching in many countries (Sweden, Denmark, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ghana). 


Emmanuel is part of the personnel roster of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) as Disaster Risk Reduction expert and was deployed to Myanmar in 2014-2015. Recently he worked as a DRR expert in Karlstad in Sweden in July 2017. He also on the pool of experts for disasters with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cesent Societies; the Danish Red Cross and Swedish Cross. 


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